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The military conflicts of the modern and contemporary history in the optics of the comical

 The grotesque — in its various symbolic forms and manifestations — is one of the most important factors of communication as well as the catalyst of social action. The satirical posters, couplets, epigrams, satirical stories, caricatures, barracks jokes, comic movies, Internet-mems, and other funny “non-classic” sources have a direct bearing on the characterization of a particular era. The semantics and the pragmatics of what made the people of that time laugh is subject to a historical change. The content of these texts may help to understand the boundaries between the norm and the marginal, the public and the private, the order of violence, the emotional modes and other facets of the social organization. Humor and satire as an instrument for the formation of the images of the inner and the external enemy, a means of political strife between various groups, a method for actualization of the opposing attitudes are extremely important for the study of the social and political attitudes, the problems of identity, and the social alliances.

This thematic section will focus on the discussion of the following issues:

  1.  the variety of manifestations of the grotesque in both official and unofficial situations, the “hot” and the “hybrid” military conflicts of the 19th–20th centuries;
  2.  the instrumental use of grotesque in the war years propaganda and the mobilization practices;
  3.  humor, satire and other genres of the grotesque as a factor of adaptation to the war years catastrophes and the trauma explication.